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Twenty-nine small businesses from Greene County have been awarded money to offset lost revenue as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The Greene County Commission voted 3-0 to award a total of $399,050 on Aug. 16. This comes after 57 companies received $760,034.75 in ARPA funding on July 25, bringing the total to $1,159,084.75 spread across 86 different businesses.
“The Commission believes that our small businesses are the foundation of our community’s economy,” Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon said. “They employ our citizens and pay taxes which fund vital services. It made sense to make small business relief a cornerstone of our recovery efforts.”
More than $6.84 million in funding remains marked for COVID-19-related economic recovery for small businesses.
“It’s just exciting to continue to see some of this ARPA money go out into the community because the need is obvious,” Greene County Second District Commissioner John C. Russell said.
Small businesses to receive ARPA funding from Greene County
Angels and Outlaws — $11,000
Auto Gallery — $12,250
Best of Luck Beer Hall — $12,250
Bishop Motors, LLC — $11,500
Boettcher Service and Supply, Inc. — $13,750
Civil Kitchen — $26,750
Consumers Hardware — $11,250
Esterly, Schneider and Associates, Inc. — $18,750
Hines Street Pharmacy, LLC — $16,500
Independent Printing Inc. — $12,500
Investigative Products and Services — $5,000
JJJ Development — $5,300
Kerris Kidsville Babyviile, LLC — $14,750
La Quinta Inn and Suites — $15,750
Lae’s Authentic Egg Rolls — $10,000
Mostly Serious, LLC — $16,000
Nicholas R. Hein, DDS — $13,750
Ozark Refuse Inc. — $17,000
Plan 3, LLC — $12,750
Public Safety Solutions Mo, LLC — $12,250
Ren Hair Studio, LLC — $11,250
RMS Automotive — $11,000
Savoy Ballroom — $10,250
Sign Pro — $11,750
Solera Energy, LLC — $25,500
Sunbelt Environmental — $22,500
Sunnyland Travel Center — $11,250
Turner Processing — $12,000
Village Pottery Cafe, LLC — $14,500
On Jan. 19, 2022, the Greene County Commission established a nine-member ARPA advisory team to screen and review applications for small business funding.
“This just highlights the investment in the team that we put together to process, to vet these,” Rusty MacLachlan said. “It gives us great confidence.”
The Greene County Commission and ARPA team focused on small businesses with 50 employees or less for this group of awards. Greene County has received a total of $56.9 million in ARPA funds. Approximately $8 million dollars has been allocated for small business ARPA applications. The ARPA team is in the process of reviewing about 400 applications for small business funding, which Dixon said is a tremendous task.
“They work very hard,” Dixon said.
For more information on ARPA small business applications and any future updates, please visit this website: http://arp.greenecountymo.gov.
Applications for nonprofit organizations to seek funding from Greene County are still being developed and will open soon, according to a statement from the commissioners. All Greene County ARPA funds must be allocated by Dec. 31, 2024. All of the projects the Greene County government decides to help fund must be completed by Dec. 31, 2026.